Thursday, October 21, 2010

To Kill a Warlock by H.P. Mallory

Title:  To Kill a Warlock
Author:  H.P. Mallory
Genre:  Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy
Publisher:  H.P. Mallory at Smashwords
Publication Date:  5th July 2010
Stand alone or series:  Series
Pages:  134 (ebook)
Book Received from:  Author
First Lines:  There was no way in hell I was looking in the mirror.  I knew it was bad when I glanced down.
The murder of a dark arts warlock. A shape-shifting, ravenous creature on the loose. A devilishly handsome stranger sent to investigate. Sometimes working law enforcement for the Netherworld is a real bitch.

Dulcie O’Neil is a fairy. And not the type to frolic in gardens. She’s a Regulator—a law-enforcement agent who monitors the creatures of the Netherworld to keep them from wreaking havoc in the mortal world.

When a warlock is murdered and Dulcie was the last person to see him alive, she must uncover the truth before she’s either deported back to the Netherworld, or she becomes the next victim.

Enter Knight Vander, a sinfully attractive investigator sent from the Netherworld to work the case with Dulcie. Between battling her attraction to her self-appointed partner, keeping a sadomasochistic demon in check, and fending off the advances of a sexy and powerful vampire, Dulcie’s got her hands full.

As the body count increases, Dulcie finds herself battling dark magic, reconnoitering in S&M clubs and suffering the greatest of all betrayals.
My Thoughts
Let me start by saying that I'm NOT a fan of fairies whatsoever.  I've read a few books that have literally turned me off reading anything that mentions them in it.  When I was asked to read this I thought, well hey, I will give the fairies another go and see what happens. 

I was pleasantly surprised right from the word go that I really enjoyed the main character Dulcie.  She's a Regulator for the Association for Netherworld Creatures.  In other words she's a Paranormal Cop helping to keep the supernaturals in line!  She's petite and pretty with pointy ears and can create fairy dust with the shake of her hand but thats as fairy as she gets.  There's no wings, she doesn't live in someone's backyard and she's smart.  I liked reading from her point of view.  She doesn't put up with anyones crap when they try to pull moves she doesn't like. 

The main story line begins with a Warlock being gruesomely murdered and Dulcie was the last person to see him alive.  Quillan, her very hunky boss pulls her in for her statement and eventually suspends her from the case.  Dulcie isn't happy about this but at the same time it gives her time to finish her novel she's writing AND do some sneaky investigating with Knight, the hot mysterious Investigator from the Netherworld.  Lately I've been really drawn to creative characters and when it mentions her book I was hooked completely. 

The story was well written, and although there are already books out there with a similar feel H.P Mallory's writing offers a fresh approach to the genre.

To Kill A Warlock drew me in with the quirky characters, interesting story line and humour to boot.  I'd love to see what happens next with Dulcie.  A Great read


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